Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Spaceman

Today I have a birthday card to show you.  I made it for a special 4 year old little boy and I thought he might like an interactive card. I used the Space Explorer set from MFT.  I started by making the background on Strathmore watercolor paper.  I smooched some Distress inks onto my craft mat, sprayed a little water on then dropped the watercolor paper on and moved it around, then I dried it.  I wasn't thrilled with the results because it was way too light.  Next I put some Worn Lipstick, Broken China and Faded Jeans Oxide inks on my craft mat, spritzed a little water and dragged the paper around through it.  After I dried it, I still wasn't happy because it was still too light.  Next I took Ranger blending tools and sponged on Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot Distress inks.  I was a lot happier with the darkness but felt it still needed something so I got out my Denim Adirondack Color Wash spray and spritzed it a couple of times...bam...it finally looked like what I had in mind!  I watered down some white acrylic paint and splattered it on to look like stars and my background was done!





































Next I took two circle dies that cut two circles about 3/8" apart, taped them together with Post-it Tape and cut a channel out of the background for the interactive part.  I stamped the astronaut, 2 planets, a bunch of stars and the little space ship and colored them with Copics.  






































To assemble my card, I attached the space sky background and center circle to a folded Night of Navy card with extra thick foam tape.  I punched out a 1/2" circle of Night of Navy and glued a Spin & Slide Disc (MFT) to it.  I then glued that onto a washer and put it into the channel.  I glued the little space ship onto the disc so it would slide freely around the channel.  The weight of the washer made it move much more easily on it's own. 






































I finished the card off by gluing the astronaut onto the center circle, and the planets and stars around the edges.  I loved the sentiment from the Space Explorer set!  It was perfect for the inside of my card.  I added a "Happy Birthday" from the Ocean Pals set from MFT.  I hope little Oliver has fun with my card.  






































Thanks for visiting.  Keep stamping!!
Janet

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Flying High Graduation Card

It's graduation time again and this year I had to make a card for my friend's brilliant daughter.  She graduated with high honors from Georgia Tech and will be starting a job at Microsoft in Seattle!! She is also an outdoorsy girl who loves adventure!  I don't have a lot of outdoor adventure themed stamps but I do have MFT's Up in the Air set and thought the hot air balloons would work for my card!  I saw a card by Barbara Anders on the MFT blog using the balloons with a skyline and thought it would be perfect.  Here is a link the card on Barbara's blog, she makes beautiful, inspiring cards!!  I wanted to personalize the card so I looked on line for a clip art Seattle skyline, printed it out and then fussy cut it.  Next I used MFT's new cloud stencil and radiating rays stencil to make the sky.  I colored two sets of balloons using the colors of Microsoft's logo for the big ones and Georgia Tech colors for the small ones.







































I didn't want the sentiment to block the sky so I stamped it onto acetate with black Staz-on ink.  I used a fine line glue bottle to put tiny dots behind the letters and stuck it on.  You can't see any glue at all!!







































I thought I'd make the inside of the card look like the balloons had flown far, far above the city so I did a pop up card with lots and lots of clouds.  I used the card stencil again with my Clarity brushes and Ballet Blue ink from Stampin' Up.  I made a little pocket to hold my gift and stenciled it to match the clouds behind it.







































 Next I cut the post to hold the big balloon.  I didn't like how it looked with the paper line showing so I snipped a piece out and replaced it with a strip of acetate, which looked better.  I wanted the smaller balloons to pop out more than they would with foam tape so I took a strip of acetate 1 7/8" x 3/8" and scored it at 3/8", 3/4", 1 1/8" and 1 1/2".  This allowed me to fold the strip into a box which I glued together to keep it's shape.  The acetate box flattens when the card is folded but pops up a lot more than foam tape when the card is open.  I like how the balloons make a shadow on the sky!!




To hide the pop up mechanisms, I used a cloud die.  I'm sorry but I don't have it labeled so I'm not sure which company makes it.  I found some that would work from Lawn Fawn and Taylored Expressions.  The top line of the inside sentiment is from the Up in the Air stamp set and the Happy Graduation is from a Stampin' Up set called, Teeny Tiny Wishes.






































Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you like my graduation card :)  Keep stamping!
Janet


  

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Polished Stone on Yupo Paper

I'll start out by saying that this is going to be a long post.  A friend of mine played with alcohol inks and the polished stone technique on Yupo paper.  Then she gave me 3 pieces and challenged me to come up with some cards using it.  I was not familiar with Yupo paper, I wasn't even aware that she had used it when I accepted her challenge!  The first piece made me think of water so I decided to make a card with the little Fun in the Sun girl from MFT (see my last post).  I covered the polished stone with Versamark ink and then Amazing Glaze embossing powder but when I went to heat it, before the EP melted, the "paper" started to melt and curl, kind of like what happens with shrink plastic!  I was really surprised and disappointed because I'd totally ruined one of the pieces my friend gave me.    

I moved on to the 2nd piece which was beautiful. I stamped some script in black on it because I thought it would look cool. Here is a piece of it. 








































I thought it would be really pretty with flowers and the Joseph's coat technique. I used Stampin' Up's Garden in Bloom set and stamped the flowers with Versamark ink and detail clear embossing powder.  This EP is much finer and melts quicker so I thought I could get away with it before the Yupo melted.  I was very happy when it worked!  The next step in this technique is to cover the entire thing with a dark color of ink.  The idea is to cover up the background so the beautiful colors only show up beneath the embossed areas.  I started rubbing a black ink pad over the piece and was pretty surprised that not only did the ink  not stick to the paper but it completely rubbed off the alcohol ink that was on it!!  It looked SOOO bad. I was disappointed again because I'd ruined the 2nd piece of polished stone from my friend.  :(  The flowers were unique and pretty so I cut them out and glued them onto a piece of dark gray card stock and added some leaves that were stamped on green dotted paper.  I used some jewel circles that I got at a stamping convention and I was happy with the result.  








































Now I was down to the very last piece of polished stone from my friend!  I was afraid to do anything except cut, die cut or punch it so that's what I did.  I started by cutting out some grass.  This is what the piece looked like...  








































This piece had fall colors so I immediately thought trees and leaves would be good.  For the first card I used MFT's Trees in the Forest dies.  I used MFT's Stiched Snow Drifts and dotted paper to make hills for my scene.  I then cut a window in the top layer of my card using MFT's Jumbo Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows die.  To finish the front of the card I added one of the little mice from the Harvest Mouse set by MFT and a little cardinal from the Cooler with You set.  








































Here is a close up of the trees.  I wanted a plaid scarf so I added some lines with my Copics.








































For the next card I use MFT'S Grassy Edges die and a leaf stamp and die from MFT's Fall Friends set.  The scarecrow and crow are from the Fall Friends set as well.  I used a circle die to cut an off center window in which to build my scene.  I started by using Clarity brushes and Distress inks to color the background.  Next I added the grass.  I colored the scarecrow with Copics and used a brown Prismacolor pencil to add lines to his hat.  I wanted the crow stamp to face left so I used waxed paper to get a reverse image and colored him with Copics, too. 







































To tie the window in with the rest of the card I added a branch from the I'm Tweet on You set (MFT).  I wanted to use the polished stone leaves so I only cut out the branch and not the leaves.  I attached the branch and leaves then finished the card by adding two different patterned papers and a sentiment.








































For the final card I decided to cut the remaining polished stone piece into strips to use in making a mosaic type background.  I also cut some coordinating patterned paper strips and solid strips. They are 1/4" and 3/8".  Next I covered a piece of A2 card stock with double sided adhesive and stuck a strip diagonally across the sticky surface.  I kept adding strips until the whole surface was covered.  I really enjoy making these backgrounds.  I had enough polished stone to make 2, one with using patterned paper and one using only solids.




Once the background was complete, I cut an oval and colored it using Distress Oxide inks and a sponge dauber.  This ink blends like butter!  Then I added a dark green frame cut with MFT's Stitched Oval Scallop Frames .  The fox, crow, acorn and leaves come from the Fall Friends set (MFT). I stamped and cut 2 leaves from the remaining polished stone paper and colored everything else with Copics.  








































The fox looked a little flat so I stamped him again, colored his head and cut it out so I could pop it up. Adding leaves, the crow and the acorn around the frame finished the card off.






































I found out one interesting thing when making this card.  I added some Nuvo drops and as they dried, they pulled the color of the Distress Oxide inks into them.  I only used 2 colors, Dandelion Yellow and Ripened Pumpkin, but if you look at the dots, there are more than 2 different colors!  I'm going to see what happens when I put white drops onto the different colors of Oxide inks!  Fun!!








































Thank for taking the time to visit.  Did you stamp today?

Janet

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Fun in the Sun

Today I used a Pure Innocence set from My Favorite Things called Fun in the Sun.  I wanted the raft to look like it was floating on water so I started by doing the polished stone technique with shades of blue.  To see a tutorial on how to do the polished stone technique click here.  You need glossy card stock, rubbing alcohol and reinkers.  I used alcohol reinkers.  To make the piece shiny like water I covered the polished stone with Versamark embossing ink by dabbing the ink pad all over the card stock.  I used clear Amazing Glaze embossing powder and heated.  I repeated this step 2 more times until the surface was nice and shiny.







































I mounted the water piece onto kraft card stock and added a Kraft frame cut with the Stitched Rounded Rectangle Frames from MFT.  I colored the little girl and her raft with Copics and then cut her out. The beach bag and ball stamps were perfect to embellish the sentiment on the corner of my card.  The cute little sunglasses were cut using the Fun in the Sun dies that go along with the stamp set.  The next photo shows the shine better, it is so cool.  It really looks like water!! 







































When I was doing the polished stone technique, I tried out some different blues and this one came out a lighter color.  It looks more like pool water to me!







































Thanks so much for stopping by!  Keep stamping!!
Janet



Friday, March 24, 2017

Shopper Tunnel Card

I'm really enjoying making tunnel cards lately!  Here is another one that I made for some of my friends who are excellent shoppers!  For this card I used the MFT set called Mon Cheri and the coordinating dies.  This set has everything you need for a shopper card!  I started out by making a tri-fold card by adding a flap onto a regular A2 sized card.  I used 
repositionable Dotto to attach the flap so I could cut the holes where I wanted them.  The holes were cut with MFT Circle STAX. I drew lines for the pavement and store floor and then removed the flap.  I colored the background with Pan Pastels and Sofft Tools applicators.  Pan Pastels are smooth and buttery and make applying color to backgrounds quick and easy.  






































I used Copic W1 to make the edge of the sidewalk a darker color because I only had one shade of gray in Pan Pastels, neutral gray tint.  For the sky, I used Pthalo Blue Tint and for the store floor Yellow Ochre.  I like having something of interest peeking out on the second layer of my tunnel cards and for this one I used tiny trees made with the Trees in the Forest dies from MFT.  I adore the street lamp from the Mon Cheri set!  I used my Misti so that I could get the lamps nice and black, then I colored the glow in each!!







My idea was to have the little shopper go into the city to her favorite store.  I colored a separate piece of card stock with the yellow ochre and then stamped the shelves for the store onto it so when I cut them out with the die I wouldn't have a stark white edge around them.  



All of the little extras in the stamp set were perfect merchandise to put in my store!  I did the wording on my computer and added a heart banner from Penny Black called Heart String.  It was fun putting the store together and deciding what to put "on sale"!  





I decided that my little shopper needed a fancy scarf and matching purse so I did some paper piecing.  I have to confess that I made 6 different sets because I liked seeing how she looked in all the different scarf patterns!!  It was a little bit like paper dolls!







































I hope you like my card today.  It looks more difficult than it really was.  If you haven't tried coloring backgrounds with Pan Pastels before, you should get a couple and try them.  I use the Pthalo Blue Tint most because it is perfect for coloring skies.  The finish you get is matte and chalky looking.  Nice!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.  Keep stamping!!
Janet